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The Mid-Westerners

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The Mid-Westerners play a traditional fiddle tune called Jackson's Breakdown. This was recorded by RCA Victor on a 78 rpm record for use at square dances.


This audio is part of the collection: Square Dances Without Calls
It also belongs to collection: Music, Arts & Culture

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Keywords: fiddle tune; square dance; 78 rpm


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Reviewer: Radioarchivist - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - June 22, 2013
Subject: The Mid-Westerners
Lee Morgan came to me about 20 years ago to restore and digitize her personal recordings. That included the recording of the final Barn Dance show. She paid the engineer to recorded it at the console, but he started 5 minutes late. I found the first 5 minutes elsewhere. I keep thinking she played a bass fiddle, but maybe also an accordian. Her husband lead an accordion Big Band that played around Chicago. I think she died some years ago, as I found a pile of their LPS and some advertising paraphernalia at the Jazz Record Mart.

Reviewer: Fred Feild - - June 30, 2012
Subject: See this record
Also see
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruzdhFfMsBw
This has the same music as a singing call. Pictured is the flip-side label.

Reviewer: Accordion Noir - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - June 30, 2012
Subject: WLS Barn Dance in Chicago.
I suspected this was the "MIdwesterners" who played on the famous WLS Barn Dance in Chicago with jazz virtuoso Leon Sash moonlighting on accordion. A former student informs me Sash performed under the pseudonym "Dusty Sands." Sash played supporting his wife Lee Morgan (not the trumpet guy) and the Midwesterners.

Very little seems to be available by them, though they did release at least two 45's on Jay Jay records in the 50's. They are listed on the bill on the final WLS Barn Dance radio broadcast, April 30, 1960.

UPDATE, Jun. 2012
I no longer think this is Lee Morgan's Midwesterners with Leon Sash. They recorded on Jay Jay, not Victor, and radio transcriptions of the WLS Barn Dance show that Leon was a much more fluid and jazzy accordionist, even when playing Country style.

So, the identity of this Mid-Westerners group, remains a mystery?